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Advice for fine hair

The term “fine” hair can mean two things, both can have the same problems.

The first meaning of fine hair should actually be referred to as thin hair. Not much hair, but the thin hair can also be fine hair. Few hairs that are small in diameter!

But you can have THICK but FINE hair all at the same time. So maybe you have a TON of hair, but each hair is fine, or small in diameter.

Either way, fine hair can lay limp with no body, so finding a style and cut that gives the illusion of fullness is always a goal for my clients.

I recommend a mid to short length hair cut that is pretty much all one length. Think A-Line bob at the shoulder. This cut gives the hair the illusion of being fuller and as having more body and it moves well. This cut works especially well for those with THIN and FINE hair. Because the hair is thin, you want to make sure you keep the perimeter of the cut as blunt and thick as possible. Too many layers can really leave the ends looking wispy and wimpy!

If you like it short, you’re in luck - pixie cuts and wispy short edgy cuts are great and can be “pumped up” with product and styling.

If you MUST have longer hair, I understand.. but keep layers to a minimum. THICK yet FINE hair can handle layers much easier then THIN and FINE hair. Layers can leave fine hair flying away and create a thinner look than you may want. A few layers at the bottom for some movement and maybe some around the face for shape and that’s it – keep the overall shape at one length.

The most frustrating part of fine hair, especially if it's longer is how easily it can tangle!!! Be sure to use a de-tangler or leave in conditioner like Pureology Color Fanatic Leave-in Conditioner or Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Serum, both are great options. PLEASE don't rip through your hair with a comb or brush harshly, especially when it's wet... be gentle! Wet hair is at it's most vulnerable and breaks much easier than dry hair. I always gently de-tangling with a wide tooth comb or wet brush.

There are many great Shampoo/Conditioner sets out there that are great for fine hair. But I always tell my clients to Shampoo for the hair you have and to condition for the hair you want!

What do I mean by that? Well, if you HAVE fine hair that is dry or damaged, use a repair or moisture shampoo like Moroccan oil Moisture Repair Shampoo. If you WANT full volume hair, use a volumizing or thickening/plumping conditioner like Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Conditioner.

Many times you need to mix it up and get a combination of products that meet all your needs. However, sometimes you just have one issue and a box set is perfect!

To style for body on mid length to longer hair, you need to blowdry – with product. I recommend a few sprits of Surface Awaken Thickening Spray, or Kevin Murphy Body.Mass Plumping Treatment. Both are great options! Spray on to clean, towel-dried hair, and comb through, one section at a time. For lift, my favorite light weight volumizing mousse comes from Moroccan Oil. Layer on clean, damp hair by dispensing the product in palm and distribute evenly from base to ends. Comb through.

As I'm sure you are noticing, I'm not horribly brand loyal, but after years of doing hair, and trying many different products, I know what works!

Pre dry your hair first, hanging your head upside down and blow drying using only your fingers will help add lift. Once your hair is about 80-85% dry, switch to using a round brush, over directing the sections with medium-high heat at the root to build volume in each section. When I say “over direct” I mean push the hair in the opposite direction that you will want it to lay, this will create volume in that section. Blowing hair forward will create volume when you finally brush it back etc.

If round brushing is too difficult, using hot rollers after it's dry,  or even Velcro rollers and then drying with a blow dryer will get a very similar result.

Finish the look with a texture spray like Moroccan Oil Texture Spray, or my favorite from Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair.

Hope this helps!Stay Beautiful!!Your Stylist formally known as *Mickey*

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